CD-R duplicators and autoloaders have grown tremendously in popularity since our last overview in 1996. That year saw the first autoloaders enter the market, along with several multi-recorder towers. But in the past year a veritable explosion has occured in this market.
Also see the cover story in the Nov 99 issue of TapeDisc Business magazine, CD-R Duplication 101 by Katherine Cochrane.
With the low price of blank media and the availability of fast, reliable equipment, many people are using or recommending CD-R duplication instead of mass-production replication for small to moderate-sized jobs (up to or even exceeding 1000 discs in some cases). In-house duplication can save time, and can provide more control over the material than sending it to a replication plant, and for small runs duplication can result in significant cost savings as well.
This series of articles examines the fundamental concepts of recordable duplication, and covers the various approaches taken to the process as well as some of the reasons people want to use it.
Thanks for the Support
This series would not have been possible without the cooperation of the manufacurers who provided equipment and media for us to test. Please see the list of these companies.
Guide to the Series
Please watch this page for articles to be posted as they are developed.